Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Tag: professionalism

đź”— Care, Not Respect: Teaching Professionalism November 22nd, 2023

But over time, I’ve come to believe there are some skills at the heart of professionalism that might be worth saving, and as a teacher, I am always trying to balance teaching the way things should be with the way things are. So when I have to teach it, I try to talk about professionalism as a way of caring about others around us. Professionalism, at its best, is as an act of love and belief towards those we work with, rather than a set of behavioral standards that we have to live up to.…

Professionalism: No Yelling November 21st, 2023

It’s never acceptable to yell at work. The norms of professional behavior call for a cool demeanor. It’s normal to have emotions at work, but there’s a limit to how strongly you can express those emotions, particularly anger.

Professionalism: You should maintain a transition file November 9th, 2022

When you change jobs, ideally you’ll have the opportunity to brief your successor directly. But that isn’t always possible: you might get fired or laid off, you might leave for another job without a clear successor named before your last day, you might have to take sudden medical leave, etc. Situations like that will be disruptive, it’s unavoidable, but a transition file will help minimize that disruption.

Professionalism: Honesty is a professional behavior May 19th, 2022

Dishonesty at work is wrong except when it isn’t.

Professionalism: What is “professionalism” and why am I writing about it? April 12th, 2022

I’m starting a new series on professionalism: the set of workplace behaviors that are generally expected at work. These behaviors are largely unspoken, but they do exist: there are consequences for violating them. In this series, I aim to write down some of these rules and explore their implications. Eventually, I hope to have a solid list of what “professional behavior” really means.

đź”— Working with Integrity January 30th, 2022

I’ve been thinking lately about what “professionalism” means. This is a great part of it.

Professionalism July 4th, 2009

Yes, it’d be nice if contractors kept up to date on the progress of the various building codes. They don’t. There are a lot of people who asked about the building codes in the 1970s and were told (right or wrong) what they were. So they went ahead and learned their trade, build their homes, and chose watching a DVD or spending time with their kids over watching city council do battle over asbestos insulation.…